“Atos Origin is presenting an application for electronic signature with Worldline Invoice”

Frankfurt/Main, 16 January 2007

Additional cost savings of 50 percent when creating and sending electronic invoices

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company will be present at OMNICARD (17 – 19 January 2007) in Berlin and will showcase the use of electronic signature with its electronic invoicing offer Worldline Invoice. This solution, developed by Atos Worldline, enables electronic invoicing between buyers and sellers over a common Internet portal. The paperless exchange of invoices enables savings of around 50%, and optimises the entire invoicing process chain. Thanks to the additional use of an electronic signature, there is no longer any need for a handwritten signature. With digital signatures via chip cards, not only the authenticity of the invoice creator, but also the integrity and completeness of the invoice's contents are guaranteed in a legally binding manner.

At this year's OMNICARD, Atos Worldline will chair the workshop “The Use of Signature Cards with eInvoice” in the expert forum area 14 B, on 19 January 2007. Karl Heinz Deutz, Business Development Manager Payment Systems Integration at Atos Worldline, will describe the use of electronic invoicing, as well as its legal and technical requirements, outlining that with just the 18 billion invoices currently exchanged every year in Europe, around 100 billion euros could be saved annually through an EU-wide switch to digital billing.

The digital signature is an example of national differences that have to be covered in a global solution. While the so-called “advanced signature” is sufficient in many countries, in Germany the “qualified signature” is compulsory. The electronic certificate issued by a trust centre can be stored, for example, as data with the advanced signature. However, for the qualified signature, the data must be stored on a chip card, which the signature holder can keep under his sole control.

In order to simplify the B2B electronic transactions for its European clients, Atos Worldline offers its electronic signature and legal archiving solution – Worldline Invoice – which runs on a unique collaborative web platform across all the European countries. With a data handling capacity of more than one million invoices per month, Worldline Invoice is the leading EBPP (Electronic Billing Presentment and Payment) European platform operating 24/7. It is compliant with the regulations of 14 European countries and is currently being rolled out in another twelve countries, with an interface tailored to each country's language and laws.
The Atos Worldline solution covers: PKI and advanced electronic signature; country qualified certification; proof of invoice authenticity and integrity; control of the electronic signature; and archiving of the electronically signed invoice and control report for 10 years. The solution also integrates a web platform that enables efficient retrieval of archived records.

Present on Booth No.10, Area B, Atos Worldline will also showcase its “Worldline Pay solution” the European offering for international payment systems, as well as a new version of its German solution “Poseidon OLTP” (Release 4.0). In Germany, over 85 percent of all electronic payments at the point of sale are currently carried out via this transaction terminal interface. “Poseidon OLTP 4.0” incorporates, among other things, the changes regarding the use of German debit cards abroad required by the central credit committee (ZKA). Furthermore, Atos Worldline will present the latest developments concerning the health card with the themes Worldline eGK KAMS (card application management system) and Worldline eGK Security.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5,5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, CRM and e-services (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. On December 7th 2006, Atos Origin announced the acquisition of Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC), creating a European leader in Payment Services, with combined pro forma 2006 revenues of EUR 630 million and 4,200 employees.

For further information, please contact:
Anja Müller
Tel: +49 (0) 69 6657-1401
Email : anja.mueller@atosorigin.com

Emilie Moreau
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 91 24 74
Email: emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com